Greeting Cards: The Correct Way to Put Them in an Envelope

Updated on September 23, 2019
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The Proper Way to Put a Card in an Envelope

Do you know the proper way to put a greeting card in an envelope? Some might think that is a silly question to ask. However, it is a very valid question. After all, you might have spent a considerable amount of time picking out just the right card for someone for a special occasion. Therefore, you should want to put it in the envelope the right way so that the pretty side with the picture and writing is facing the person when he or she opens the envelope.

Some people put a card in the envelope any way it lands in their hands, but according to greeting cards etiquette, there is a right and a wrong way to put a card in an envelope.

Then there are some people who would debate the issue and say it is a personal preference. Whether you think it is a personal preference or not, feel free to use the following tips about the proper way to put a greeting card in an envelope.

Occasions are coming up when you will be able to use the tips shared in this article.

Putting a greeting card in an envelope is such a simple act that 9 out of 10 people take for granted. Don't be one of them!

The Improper Way to Put a Card in an Envelope

Now that you know that there is a proper way to put a card in an envelope, you might be wondering what is the improper way of doing something that should be so simple.

The wrong way to put a card in an envelope is to have the back of the card facing the recipient when he opens the envelope. Sometimes cards are in the envelope in a way that the person who receives it has to turn it over to read it. Not only does the person have to flip some cards over, he also has to turn it around because the sender has made another faux pas.

Do the right thing by doing two simple things.

  1. Put the card in the envelope so the writing faces the recipient as soon as he opens the envelope.
  2. Put the card in the envelope with the writing going down so the recipient doesn't have to stand on his head to read the writing.

Two Reasons to Put a Card in the Envelope the Proper Way

Cards should be put in the envelope with the fold down so money or other inserts will not fall out when the envelope is opened.

If the fold is up, then there is a chance the card will be sliced in two if the recipient uses a letter opener.

A card should go in an envelope with the fold up and the front of the card facing the back of the envelope. That way, people can see the card when they unseal the envelope without turning the card over and up.

The Right Way

There is a right or a wrong way to put a card in an envelope. A good example to follow is to hold the card with the front facing up and simply slide it into the envelope so the fold is always at the bottom of the envelope. This will prevent anything inside the card, such as a business card, money, or gift card from falling out.

The front of the card should always be toward the back of the envelope so that when the recipient opens it, he will immediately see the pretty side of the card.

The Wrong Way

Look at the photo of the card in the envelope below. That is the wrong way because as soon as the recipient opens the envelope, he sees the back of the card with the company's name, the barcode, and other information.

The recipient should be able to see the good stuff an begin smiling as soon as the envelope is opened.

Follow the Example in the Video Below

Look at the Card and Envelope Below

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Look at the Card and Envelope Below

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Emma 2, thank for letting me know the article helped you.

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      10 months ago

      This was helpful. Thank you!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      12 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Sharron, there is no rule about that. It is entirely up to you. I would seal it so the person would have the pleasure of opening it.

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      Sharron O'Brien 

      12 months ago

      my question was...If I am giving my friend a card, face-to-face, should I seal it?


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